In Case I Die, Tell Them My Story: Tales from the digital wasteland.

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Thousands Of Years Ago…

…I can always tell that a narrator will say something like that when a movie opens showing some vast/ancient civilization. DERP!

Like the new look of my blog?

I hate that I haven’t been doing my daily thoughts, or weekly bathroom pics anymore. The truth is my house was broken into back in August while being a groomsman for my friend’s wedding, and although I had brought my laptop with me, I left everything else at home. Thankfully my musical equipment was safe, but my hard-drives, and even my back-up hard-drives were stolen! Along with my TV, PS3, and games, etc… The video games are replaceable, but the 7 years+ of everything I’ve ever done for school, my band, and even my own personal shit, was gone.

Needless to say I’ve started from scratch again. If it ain’t hackers online, then its real-life thieves you gotta worry about. Yeesh……

Anyways, I’ve put it behind me, but sometimes the mere thought of it just grinds my gears. Now I’m wondering what to do with this blog. I really really like the idea that this blog is mine (RADUTRON.COM! NO ONE HAS THIS!), and is my own website separate from any social network, and my own place to display my thoughts in such a way that I see fit.

Anyone who knows me, knows I like video games, so maybe I’ll babble on about my favourite games? I’m not sure. It’s not so great discussing it without someone else. The comments section in any gaming website is akin to youtube comments: trolling; racism; the spellchecker; and 12 yr-olds who could be all-of-the-above.

Boy do I love FALLOUT!

Boy do I love FALLOUT!

In the music front, aside from The Rabid Whole, I’ve been doing “guitar a cappella”, and beat-boxing beats into the voice recorder for these crazy low tempo songs I got ideas for. Even my dinky little synths on my iPhone have been a great help in realizing some of these tunes. This first guitar-driven track I came up with is definitely a step in the right direction, and I already see it as “track 1″ in a short collection of songs. In time people will know what I mean.

This year is very exciting. New things are coming.

Boom.


Top 15 KMFDM Tracks.

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It’s KMFDM’s 30th Anniversary next year. I’ve been listening to them for the last 18, and just now decided to share my favourite songs.
This was a very difficult decision, as their catalog is huge (with 18 albums, and whatever number of singles, and EPs). Many KMFDM fans may agree with some, or wonder why I left out some obvious gems (SPOILER: “Light” and “Megalomaniac” are NOT on this list). Some of the images in my head, as I describe below, might be NSFW. I pray your computer monitor faces the window, at least 2 stories above ground.

15. Help Us/Save Us/Take Us Away (MONEY, 1992)
The ‘ultra-heavy beat” carries the soulful vocals from a mere teenager (14 I think?), Dorona Alberti. Sascha K.’s vocals mixed with effects (any combination of distortion, fuzz, and/or cigarettes), are a great contrast to Alberti’s voice. The first distorted guitar you hear in the track is among my favourite riffs of all time.

14. Penetration (Opium 1984, re-released in 2002)
Raymond Watts’ voice arises from a murky pink swamp of twangy guitar, and (almost) lounge-y beat. I’m pretty sure Watts was super-stoned during his vocal takes, but his laughter is so devious in the middle of him saying how he wants to bang you, that it’s almost sick. I just picture Watts with a top hat/cane, walking sideways down stairs, with vaginal lubrication running under his feet, and down the walls. Don’t slip, Raymond. You still have to make it to the other track further down this list.

13. People Of The Lie (BLITZ, 2009)
Probably the most venturous, haunting, interesting, NEW track I’ve heard KMFDM do in the last 10 years. Lucia’s vocals go down smooth like vodka/cranberry, under the moonlight in a prison cell. I picture Sascha and Lucia tied to chairs back to back, when they sing together on this song.

12. Move On (ANGST, 1993)
Ahh, the early 90′s. When hair-metal bands were finally letting their hair down. This track oozes spotlights on the guitar and piano. Put that fog filter on them, and crank that reverb knob. The guitar solo is soooo mysterious guy (or lady?) on a motorcycle.

11. Money (MONEY, 1992)
I sing this song every payday at my day job. “I was payday today/and I’m gonna spend money/on a bottle of booze/to bring home for my honey.” Sascha does a semi-rap style, vocally. Pretty much the imagery in my head for this track exists in the music video for it. The only thing missing in this song is SFX of cash registers.

10. Dogma (XTORT, 1996)
Nicole Blackman offers her performance-art, vocal style to this track. I usually associate performance art with female hairy armpits, bare feet, and a strange mole where you WOULD like to kiss. However if I saw this LIVE with F.M. Einheit tapping the rocks, and slapping those straps you hear in this track, with Blackman on a podium, I would be very happy. Aside from all that, Ms. Blackman speaks the truth. Every word of it!

9. Power (XTORT, 1996)
Nothing like a song you wish you could parade through town, with a choir singing “We’ve got the power…” This song is a strong, fist-in-the-air anthem, which could only be slightly bettered by…

8. Terror (NIHIL, 1995)
A real track that sounds like the precursor to a riot. But you know, I peaceful one where cops stand off to the side with their shields, while the leader stands on his soap box with a megaphone rallying his fellow man. And through the glimmer of his aviators we all see hope. I can’t help but get goosebumps when I hear “I get closer beat by beat…” when its repeated near the end of the song.

7. Naive (NAIVE, 1990)
Finally a somewhat positive song, telling guys (and girls! sure, that the heck!) that, yes, “she has to be loved”, “everybody needs somebody”. A lot of KMFDM tracks are aggressive/powerful “fuck you, we won’t take anymore you stinky government” tracks. This track seems to promote love, even if its just telling people to fuck. At least fucking is better than killing, amiright?

6. Son Of A Gun (XTORT, 1996)
Some of my favourite guitar riffs put together with synth! Fast, furious. Involving shockwaves, atomic blasts, and shit for brains. The colours blue, yellow, and white from the album cover are totally suited for this song. I wish I had synesthesia when listening to this. However, I’d end up an epileptic.

5. Piggybank {Shock Mix} (SPLIT single, 1991)
Ever listen to a remix that sounds better than the original? This is one of those tracks for me. Remixes of songs with rock guitars in them! Imagine! This makes me think of a gloomy church requiem (because of the organ) of someone writing a letter to his loved one promising of a better future for them.

4. Don’t Blow Your Top (DON’T BLOW YOUR TOP, 1987)
If you love Frank Zappa (I don’t), then you’ll recognize that a lot of the lyrics in this song are ripped right from the moustached man. Aside from the unoriginal lyrics, its catchy. Makes me wanna go back to the 80′s, cruise in the car, and look moody.

3. Juke-Joint Jezebel (NIHIL, 1995)
Raymond Watts’ near-top spot on this list. This is the song that got me into KMFDM. Catchy as fuck, and its Giorgio Moroder remix was on the Mortal Kombat Soundtrack (which alone was the genesis of my love for industrial). It’s the track that Sonya kicked Kano’s ass to, in the MK movie. SPOILER ALERT: It doesn’t end well for Kano.

2. Down And Out (SYMBOLS, 1997)
Drum pads, crickets, synths, marching, bag pipes, guitar, trumpets, and one (maybe two) bomb blasts. This is song is probably in league with “People Of The Lie”. I would love to hear an acoustic rendition of this song. Such a great groove, and the chorus melody is fantastic. And those sexy trumpets!

1. The Problem (ANGST, 1993)
Dorona Alberti sings this song with her soulful 15 year-old vocal pipes, shaming any contestant on American Idol before there was one. Acoustic guitar, piano, and a dash of synth. Alberti sings about how this kid is in trouble in court about what he’s done, but the problem isn’t with the boy, it’s with the environment they were molded by. It’s a case of nature vs. nurture. It’s one of those walk-away-in-slow-motion tracks before the credits roll. Probably the most soulful track KMFDM has ever done. And its all about that with me.

If you’re a KMFDM fan, I’d love to hear your fav tracks. If you’ve never heard them before, these tracks may sway you into fandom.

Boom.

-G


My Year-In Report of Gaming and Music

If you know me well enough, music and gaming are my top 2 favourite things ever. This past year has been a consumption of media as much as I see stupid memes on Facebook of that dumb angry cat. I think I’ve become a digital hoarder of sorts.

MUSIC
In a sea of randomness of music out there, there’s been literally a select few that have been worthy of a purchase. Now not all of these are 2012 releases, but they are new to my ears this year.

Lazerhawk – “Visitors” (80′s Sci-Fi inspired instrumental stuff. RAD!)
The Birthday Massacre – “Hide And Seek” (Catchy dark-rock/industrial-pop music.)
Hanzel Und Gretyl – “Born To Be Heiled” (Awesome German-parody-esc metal, that brings a smile to my face.)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Soundtrack (by Michael McCann)

…and that’s about all that has tickled my fancy…

This year has also seen the release of my band The Rabid Whole’s album “REFUGE”, and my EP of covers. Both of which I’m particularly proud to have varying degrees of participation in. The Rabid Whole playing in Austin, Texas, was a spectacular experience. One I will never forget. Not to mention the other festivals we’ve had the pleasure to play this year.

Being in The Rabid Whole has been quite the journey this year as well. I developed the skill of bringing MIDI-controlled lights to The Rabid Whole’s live show, as well as other computer automated tasks for our keyboardist, Chalsey. It’s been a learning experience both technically, and socially as we learn more about each other and work as a team. This line-up of The Rabid Whole has achieved more things in this last year than any other year prior to it. The winds of change for the band will no doubt bring new experiences for us all in 2013.

GAMING
2012 has been crazy in re-living classics, living classics for the first time, and catching up with recent releases. Mind you, I still have to find the time to PLAY some of these games. Some have been a steal-of-a-deal (and I’m not talking about piracy).

Computer:
The Bard’s Tale
Bastion
Beneath The Steel Sky
Dungeon Keeper
Earthworm Jim 1&2
Fallout
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Megaman X Street Fighter
MDK
Redneck Rampage Collection
Theme Hospital
Tyrian 2000
Shadow Warrior Collection
Starcraft
Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
Star Wars: Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast
Syndicate
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

PS3:
Alice: Madness Returns
Darksiders 2
Fallout: New Vegas (Ultimate Edition)
Mass Effect Trilogy
Persona 3 MES
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Sonic Adventure 2

iPhone:
Angry Birds: Star Wars
Beatdown
Final Fight
Max Payne
Megaman X
Rayman Jungle Run
Sonic 4 ep.1&2
Sonic CD
Sonic Jump
Sonic All-Stars Racing
Street Fighter IV Volt

CONCLUSION
I always have time for music, but immersing myself in a good game is quite the challenge these days. But 2013 should prove to be quite the challenge yet as The Rabid Whole continue to grow, while I discover new music, and satiate my inner escapist. Maybe my writing skills will improve too. :P

Boom.

-G


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Second Chances

21st


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Singularity Reached?

Singularity Reached?


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I’m Gonna Eat Your Infection

I'm Gonna Eat Your Infection


S(h)aving Face

shaving face

 


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Let Me Tell Ya Something…

Drunk Guys


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Pros And Porns

Pros And Porns


Memory #1

 


Don’t Break The Seal

 


iGrapple

 


Somebody Call Keanu

 


Java The Slut

 


Free-Spirited Sarcasm

 


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This Kid Is Alright

 


What Goes In…

 


I Really Do

 


Your Exhaust Pipe

 


I Roll 20s, Bitch.

 


Spectacle Sympathy

 


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Stop It Right Meow


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The Never Ending Reboots


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